In January the position of Jupiter, the patron of 2017, will be quite balanced. Generally speaking, no significant imbalances are foreseen for the personal relationship sphere, or for the domain of work and finance. On the one hand, this is a considerable advantage, which will allow you to prepare for what follows, far more than in dynamic cycles. At the same time, this is a period in which you should not orientate yourself in any fundamentally new directions. In other words, if you have decided to start your own business, you should not invest too much in it straight away, because everything could still change. Needless to say, each specific situation is different. It is also worth noting that in January, as throughout 2017, the position of Venus, the sun and, to a lesser degree, the moon and Mercury, will have a special significance. Depending on which way each particular planet relates to your sign, key patterns can be identified for each particular aspect of your life. Broadly speaking, there is no point in preparing yourself for any special trials or difficulties. The accomplishment of scheduled tasks will be consistent and gradual. On the other hand, "leaps" and "jumps through several steps" are quite likely, but this, again, will just be at individual moments.
For the work sphere in January 2017, the following aspect will prove to be particularly important. Communication and openness must become iconic, that is, fundamental characteristics. As mentioned above, Venus and the sun now exhibit a special level of activity, which also determines the attraction of social trends towards mutually beneficial cooperation. The situation can vary from sign to sign, but these changes will hardly be significant. This is quite a persistent trend, which gives clear and unambiguous advice: if you are offered help, do not refuse it. Assess your own strength properly, and do not confuse pride with stupidity. On the other hand, help cannot be free of charge, otherwise this is not help at all. The universal rule is at work: the equivalence of "sacrifices" and "gifts". You need not be afraid of the word "sacrifice", it is only being used figuratively. Its essence lies in the fact that the result must be proportional to the expended effort. If this is not in place, the situation will have to be rectified as soon as possible. Failing this, your project will remain only partially realized, and in future it will not give you critical advantages over your competitors. There will probably not be any improvements, neither planned nor unexpected. But you can certainly lay the groundwork for this improvement, at least - the planetary environment is favorable towards such measures.
With respect to personal relationships, January 2017 will prove to be extremely serene, an overtly peaceful time for many signs. Of course this does not mean that there will be no dynamics whatsoever. There will be, but to a significantly lesser extent than in subsequent periods. On the other hand, for some, a similar scenario will be extremely "on topic", because all necessity to put strain on your nerves and strength to ensure "peace and quiet" for your family life will disappear. Everything will work itself out; no particular effort will be required of you. Nevertheless, situations of conflict may well arise, but here each specific sign should be guided by its own individual position, which may differ substantially from what is generally applicable. And then, as in the work domain, communication will come to the foreground. You will not move forward if you are reserved. In this regard, with a smile or kind words (though it sounds banal) you will be able to open many doors, including the doors to the hearts of those you care about. In other words, success will come about, especially in the long term. So get ready for it, both substantively (practically) and morally.